FROM the moment she set foot on the grass at Wimbledon in 1997, aged just 16, Anna Kournikova became a household name.
Her supermodel looks and tenacity on the tennis court propelled her to worldwide stardom.
As she got older the Russian athlete, now 41, and her doubles partner Martina Hingis were dubbed “the Spice Girls of tennis”.
At the height of her career she ranked number eight in the world and was one of the most Googled people ever.
She even had a guest role on hit Nineties sitcom Friends.
But these days Anna lives a much quieter life, having stepped away from the limelight since she retired from tennis in 2002 due to a series of injuries – mainly involving her back.
The blonde beauty is relishing being a mum to the three children she shares with Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, 48.
Here we take a look at how Anna went from red carpet ready to a relative recluse.
Part of Anna's reason for deciding to retreat from the spotlight is because being the centre of attention left her feeling nervous and anxious.